nippy hug day

this year i went out on a limb and got Jeffrey Kacirk’s Forgotten English word-a-day calendar. today, it’s provided a lot of entertainment. see, it’s shawn’s birthday and he got a highly-amusing forgotten english phrase. and, since i love you all, i will share it with you.

tip the velvet: to tongue a woman.

Kissing Friday
On this Friday of Shrove Week, English schoolboys were once entitled to kiss girls in their call without fear of punishment or rejection, a custom that lasted until at least the 1940s. In Sileby, Leicestershire, this day was also known as Nippy Hug Day. There men could demand a kiss from the woman of their choice, but if their petition was denied, they had the right to louse, or pinch, the woman’s posterior– perhaps mimicking the pinching of lice. A related custom permitted a loused woman to be looked upon as the temporary wife of the pincher. In his poem “The Passionate Pilgrim,” Shakespeare putis kissing into perspective:
Were kisses all the joys in bed,
One woman would another wed.

so, who would you kiss without fear of rejection or punishment?

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6 Comments

  1. heather 14.Mar.03 at 10:06 am

    jason. jodi. paul. paige. morgan. susane. jeremy. rob. dennis. tyler. mark. dean. derrick.

  2. jodi 14.Mar.03 at 10:07 am

    you’re gonna be busy!

  3. dainec 14.Mar.03 at 11:23 am

    I’m pretty fortunate that I have a husband who accepts kisses anytime and every time. 🙂

    I kiss my kids, but I’m more of a hugger with everyone else.

  4. Wes 15.Mar.03 at 6:29 am

    >so, who would you kiss without fear of rejection or punishment?

    YOU!

  5. Wes 16.Mar.03 at 7:19 am

    copycat!